Quick News: Oscars, Strange, Rogue, Urban

Quick News Oscars Strange Rogue Urban

Despite a number of popular films in contention this year, the 92nd Academy Awards aired last night to a ratings low of 23.6 million total viewers and a 5.3 rating in Live+Same Day. That is down significantly from last year’s 29.6 million and a 7.7 rating. Even with the drop-off, it remains the most-watched entertainment special since last year’s ceremony, more than the Grammy Awards and Golden Globes in total viewers. [Source: Variety]

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
“Doctor Strange” co-writer C. Robert Cargill has confirmed that neither he or Scott Derrickson had submitted a draft of the upcoming follow-up film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and therefore writers Michael Waldron and Jade Bartlett and director Sam Raimi’s work on the new film will be entirely their own. Filming is expected to begin in May. [Source: The Playlist]

Dean Israelite (“Power Rangers”) has been hired to develop and direct the action thriller “Rogue” for STXfilms and Tencent. The story revolves around a CIA agent, but further plot specifics are under wraps. T.J. Fixman penned the official pitch while David Goyer and Keith Levine are producing. [Source: Deadline]

Urban Legend
Colin Minihan (“What Keeps You Alive”) has been set to write and direct the thriller “Urban Legend” for Screen Gems which is being fast-tracked. Casting is now underway and Mike Medavoy and Benjamin Anderson will produce.

The story will center on a diverse cast of college students as they navigate a series of bizarre deaths that resemble urban legends linked to the darkest corners of social media. [Source: Deadline]